Dear Parents, Carers and students

I hope this finds you all well. We are now only three weeks from the end of the school year, which has been the most challenging year for us all in so many ways. Boris Johnson announced last week that it was his intention that all students would be returning to school, full time, in September. We are planning to make this work while still implementing social distancing and other measures to make the school as safe as it can be. I have received a few messages asking why we are not having all students back sooner, given that ‘social distancing has been reduced’. In fact this is not the case, and it is recommended that 2m distances are still maintained wherever possible. It is also going to be a complex logistical exercise, making sure that we have workable one-way systems, staggered breaks and lunches, different start times and so on. Of course, we also need to be aware that any spike in cases, which is predicted at some point, may result in some form of lockdown again. We are planning for these eventualities and I will write again before the end of term to outline our proposed plans for September.

Year 9
In order to support this return we are hoping that we will be able to offer Year 9 students some time in school with their form tutors in the last week of term. We will be sending separate information about this later in the week.

Year 10 and 12
I know that Year 10 and 12 have really appreciated the sessions in school. Attendance at these sessions has been excellent, and I believe we have some of the highest attendance rates in the county.

Live lesson timetable
To supplement this, we have increased the number of online lessons for Year 9 and 10 over the next three weeks. The timetables for these are attached, as are some help sheets to get you logged in to lessons in Microsoft Teams.

Safety notices
There have been a number of concerning incidents with young people at the railway station around. As part of a response to this network rail have put a campaign together to try and engage young people on the positive side of using the stations.

Also, in the recent warm weather we know that some young people have been enjoying playing in and around water. As you may be aware, a few years ago we lost one of our students in a drowning accident. Please can I ask that you take particular care, but also read the attached links.

I look forward to seeing many of you over the next few days and weeks.


With very best wishes

Adrian Ward